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New law on invasive species tabled

The green iguana - an example of an inadvertently introduced species that has led to havoc in the Cayman Islands (File photograph)

Residents who unknowingly harbour invasive species on their property will not be targeted under legislation tabled in the House of Assembly to curb the spread of pests on the island.

Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier, said the Invasive Alien Species Act 2021 had been amended during a month of consultation with the community.

“Several modifications were made to the Bill,” Mr Roban said in the House of Assembly.

“The result is an effective regime tailored to Bermuda’s requirements.

“We are not intending to make criminals of persons who may have species of which they are not aware growing in their garden.”

Mr Roban said the legislation would be aimed to combat the “importation, breeding, sale and intentional propagation” of invasive species.

He cited examples of damage left in other jurisdiction by introduced species such as the green iguana in the Cayman Islands.

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Published September 10, 2021 at 10:49 am (Updated September 10, 2021 at 10:49 am)

New law on invasive species tabled

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